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NSLS ESH Highlight #28

NSLS Recycling Program Guidelines

Date: March 12, 2002
Editor: R. Kiss

(See also LS-ESH-PRM-6.0.0, “Environmental Management”; http://www.nsls.bnl.gov/esh/Environmental/nslsem.htm)

Proper disposal of waste items is a major concern at BNL. Each department may face substantial fines for improperly disposing of hazardous items. It costs only pennies and only takes a few extra minutes to separate and dispose of items properly, compared to the fines and paperwork for improper disposal. A detailed waste disposal program is in effect for disposing of or recycling every type of waste generated. Listed below are only a few of the more common waste items and their proper disposal.

PAPER PRODUCTS

Clean, mixed paper products, (newspapers, magazines, computer paper etc.), shall be placed in the BLUE plastic receptacles located at your beamline or in your office for collection by the custodians on Tuesdays.

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD BOXES

Remove all packing material from the inside of all cardboard boxes. Plastic packing (bubble wrap etc.) should be placed into normal garbage. Styrofoam "peanuts" shall be place into the receptacles located outside the NSLS stockroom. Large pieces of Styrofoam should be put in plastic bags and placed next to your waste receptacle. Each box must be completely broken down and flattened. Place cardboard outside your office for collection by the custodians on Tuesdays. Large boxes or large amounts of boxes should be completely broken down and placed in the Cardboard Dumpster located outside the East Rollup door. (Until the security measures are returned to normal, place all cardboard in a neat pile where the dumpster is normally located.)

METALS and RECYCLABLE ITEMS

Any recyclable metal items shall only be placed in the small, galvanized metal cans with the green and white “RECYCLABLE METALS” label located at your beamline. (Deposit soda cans and bottles may be placed in these cans to be sorted out and donated to charity.) DO NOT FOLD ANY ITEMS -ESPECIALLY LEAD- INSIDE ALUMINUM FOIL. The different metals are separated for proper recycling when collected on Wednesdays. Please note that re-usable pieces of lead should be placed either on the lower shelf of the lead working cart located near X-28 or at the lead storage/recycle area near NSLS Stock room (Room 1-123F). Located in this area is a bucket labeled “Lead Scrap for Recycling”, where unusable pieces of lead shall be placed for recycling.

For large jobs please contact the NSLS Recycling Coordinator for large cans and access to the recycling dumpster.

LARGE METAL SCRAP ITEMS

IMPORTANT! Only metal items (electronic chassis, racks, unistrut, pipes, PCB free light fixtures, etc.) from the NSLS department buildings shall be placed into the large Metal Recycling Dumpster located outside the East Rollup doors of building 725. Contact the NSLS Recycling Coordinator for access to the dumpster.

Under no circumstances are personal items, (bed frames, bar-b-ques, car parts, etc.) to be placed into this dumpster. Call your local town recycle center for free home pickup of such items.

ITEMS NEEDING RADIOLOGICAL SURVEYS

Any item that was attached to the electron beam chambers and electron beam stops (ATF, SDL included) must be surveyed for activation before being released for disposal or reuse See the caution notices posted at the ring and booster entrances. These items must remain segregated from normal scrap metal and be disposed as “Suspect Metal” according to a DOE directive.

NON-RECYCLABLE TRASH

Any non-recyclable items such as empty food containers, coffee cups, paper towels etc. shall be placed into the garbage cans lined with a plastic bag located at your beamline or in your office. On the experimental floor the custodians will empty these cans on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Custodians will empty second floor office cans on MONDAY and THURSDAY. Unwanted Food items shall only be placed into the garbage cans located in the kitchen areas, which are emptied daily.

BAR-CODED ITEMS

For disposal of any BNL BAR-CODED items contact the NSLS Property Management Representative on extension 4884.

COMPUTERS, MONITORS and TELEVISIONS

For disposal of computer monitors, televisions etc. contact the NSLS Property Management Representative, extension 4884 or the NSLS Recycling Coordinator, extension 4926.

AEROSOL CANS, CONTENT DEPENDANT

If the can contained an acutely hazardous material or a pesticide, then the can shall be characterized and labeled as a “Hazardous Waste” and a Waste Control Form shall be filled out. The container shall be relocated to the 90-day Accumulation Area.

If the can did not contain an acutely hazardous material or pesticide then it will be segregated in a white plastic recycling container located outside the NSLS Stockroom and collected as part of BNL’s recycling program if it is empty. The can is considered empty when no liquid remains in the can and the can is at atmospheric pressure. If the can cannot be emptied (broken nozzle, no propellant, etc.), then the container should be placed in the yellow drum located outside the NSLS Stockroom for disposal as an industrial waste or Hazardous Waste (depending on its contents). For additional guidance concerning aerosol cans, contact John Aloi at extension 7018.

GLASS, TYPE DEPENDANT

Lab Glassware (uncontaminated beakers, petrie dishes, etc.) dispose of in the dedicated lab glass bags located in between the West Rollup Doors. Follow the posted directions. Empty manufacturers’ chemical bottles should be reused to store, collect and dispose of waste chemical material. DO NOT MIX INCOMPATABLE CHEMICALS IN THE SAME BOTTLE and follow the NSLS Waste Disposal Directions (http://www.nsls.bnl.gov/esh/Waste/directions.htm). Excess empty manufacturer’s chemical bottles shall be disposed of in the dedicated lab glassware bags located in between the West Rollup Doors. Follow posted directions. DO NOT DISPOSE OF ANY GLASS ITEMS INTO THE REGULAR TRASH. For additional guidance concerning glassware, contact John Aloi at extension 7018.

For more information about the waste/recycle program go to “How do I Manage This Waste Stream?” at BNL Pollution Prevention Information Source (http://www.bnl.gov/esd/pollutionpreve/default.htm).

Or you can contact the NSLS Recycling Coordinator, Bob Kiss, Ext 4926, Digital Page 5827 or kiss@bnl.gov